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Kris

First Name
27k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
309
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meanings and Origins

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Origin and Meaning of Kris

"Kris" is a name of American origin, and it means "Diminutive form of names beginning with kris/Chris". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Kris
A Malay dagger. See Creese.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A Malayan dagger with a wavy blade
Wiktionary
  1. A diminutive of the female given names Kristina, Christina, and related given names.
  2. A diminutive of the male given names Christopher, Christian, and related given names.

Kris was also found in the following language(s): Haitian Creole

Notable Persons Named Kris

She was most prominent from 2007 to present. Kris was given the name Kristen Mary Houghton on November 5th, 1955 in San Diego, California, U.S. Kris is also known as Kardashian, Kris; Houghton, and Kristen Mary (birth name).

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Kris Kristofferson is a singer, songwriter, musician, actor, and songwriter (film). He was most active from 1966 to present. Kris was given the name Kristoffer Kristofferson on June 22nd, 1936 in Brownsville, Texas, U.S.

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Kris Wu is a k-pop, c-pop, mandopop, hip hop, and contemporary r&b actor, singer-songwriter, rapping, and model (people). Kris was born on November 6th, 1990 in Guangzhou.

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Kris Bryant is a baseball player for the Chicago Cubs. Kris was born on January 4th, 1992 in Las Vegas Valley.

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Kris Humphries is a basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks, Utah Jazz, Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards, and Phoenix Suns in the National Basketball Association. His ongoing career started in 2004. Kris was born on February 6th, 1985 in Minneapolis.

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Kris Marshall is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1993 to present. Kris was given the name Kristopher Marshall on April 1st, 1973 in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England, UK.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Kris

Ernst was born on April 26th, 1900. He left this life on February 27th, 1957.

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David S. Kris is an Associate Deputy Attorney General, and 3rd Assistant Attorney General for National Security. David was born on September 28th, 1966 in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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How popular is the baby name Kris in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1937 5 0 5
1939 6 0 6
1940 17 8 9
1941 18 8 10
1942 21 13 8
1943 35 16 19
1944 69 33 36
1945 71 45 26
1946 122 69 53
1947 161 101 60
1948 210 116 94
1949 201 94 107
1950 209 104 105
1951 294 149 145
1952 370 154 216
1953 351 158 193
1954 390 187 203
1955 500 260 240
1956 569 302 267
1957 776 420 356
1958 1,004 568 436
1959 1,059 590 469
1960 1,042 576 466
1961 1,123 619 504
1962 1,103 590 513
1963 1,237 733 504
1964 1,374 941 433
1965 1,386 978 408
1966 1,227 870 357
1967 1,043 723 320
1968 880 598 282
1969 894 529 365
1970 854 437 417
1971 719 322 397
1972 674 273 401
1973 571 215 356
1974 584 167 417
1975 463 141 322
1976 409 110 299
1977 508 110 398
1978 510 131 379
1979 402 103 299
1980 310 96 214
1981 229 70 159
1982 182 57 125
1983 163 52 111
1984 156 35 121
1985 134 37 97
1986 116 24 92
1987 134 34 100
1988 120 29 91
1989 100 27 73
1990 107 30 77
1991 91 30 61
1992 112 26 86
1993 91 25 66
1994 81 14 67
1995 87 22 65
1996 86 21 65
1997 83 23 60
1998 76 13 63
1999 67 12 55
2000 63 7 56
2001 80 6 74
2002 88 16 72
2003 71 12 59
2004 81 18 63
2005 84 12 72
2006 97 10 87
2007 92 10 82
2008 93 13 80
2009 117 15 102
2010 66 16 50
2011 70 15 55
2012 83 11 72
2013 79 19 60
2014 80 17 63
2015 82 24 58
2016 73 16 57

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Popularity of Kris as a first name

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Popularity of Kris as a last name

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Common last names for Kris

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Common first names for Kris

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kris U.S.
  White 87.06% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 8.74% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.27% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kris

People with the last name Kris are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Kris

  • How Popular is the name Kris? Kris is the 1,436th most popular name of all time. As a last name Kris was the 64,388th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Kris have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 27,385 babies born with the first name Kris in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kris to occupy the territory of British Virgin Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 24,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kris? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1937 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Kris first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kris is Wednesday, October 15th, 1879.
  • What year had the most people named Kris born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kris was in 1965 with a total of 978 babies.
  • Random Kris Factoid: According to the 1969 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kris ranks 95th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Hawaii. Imagine that, 15 babies in Hawaii have the same name as you in 1969.
  • Weird things about the name Kris: Your name in reverse order is Sirk. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Srki. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kris? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 309 people with the last name Kris.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kris? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Kris as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.0m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.